Maria is a native of Durango, Mexico where began playing volleyball at the age of 12. .During middle school she was selected to play at the Youth State Olympic Games. As a middle school player she was selected as a reinforcement player of the municipal high school team and went on to play on the high school team in several championships, including in Chihuahua and Mexico City. The team won three consecutive Durango State Championships. In 1997 Maria was awarded the Municipal Volleyball Player of the Year. She also participated in a Pre-National Championship in Guanajuato, Mexico with the Santiago Papasquiaro Team.
Maria was offered a sports scholarship from the Durango Technological School, but chose to move to the USA instead.
Maria continues to play and coach volleyball on a weekly basis in various leagues.